How To Quickly Deflate Large Inflatables

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With all inflatables, be it a tent, pool toys, air bed, SUP board or paddling pool, when inflated and the fun is over they will then need deflating which can sometimes take longer then it did to inflate them.

Here are some tips to help quickly deflate any inflatable quickly and also some guidance on how to do this depending on the valve.

How to Deflate your Inflatables

Depending on the inflatable there are different ways that they are deflated. Some just have a plug which once pulled out the air will then escape, others have a valve where you pull the plug out but no air comes out, you then need to squeeze the valve which will then release the air.

The one way flow valve can be found on many larger inflatable and pool toys, it is designed to stop the inflatable from deflating if the plug is accidentally knocked open.

To hold the valve open when deflating you can use a straw which can be inserted to keep it open, or the use of a binder clip to squeeze it. By squeezing the inflatable you can help force the air out quicker when rolling and packing it all away.

Once deflated, fold, roll and pack your inflatable item back into any packaging or case.

Using a Hand or Electric Pump

When buying a hand pump there are some that not only inflate but can also deflate too. Depending on which side you attached the pipe you can inflate of delft your inflatable.

Using it to deflate when you pump it will suck the air out, this is great for making the inflatable as small as possible when packing it away as you can quickly remove any remaining air in the inflatable, without having to sit or squeeze out the air.

The AIRHEAD Double Action Hand Pump is great for larger inflatable, be it giant pool inflatables, air tents or paddle boards.

AIRHEAD Double Action Hand Pump
  • Double Action, perfect for topping off towables
  • Four universal valve fittings are included

This type of pump is great for inflating and deflating, it makes it quick to do both, it is also a good size and makes inflating things quicker and easier with its large volume but sill compact size.

You can also buy electro pumps that also have a deflating option as well.

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